The Brumbies hearts were shattered on Friday night. But there was a reason why the pain wasn't as hard to swallow.
Chris Dutton is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.
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The Canberra Vikings will start their NRC season on September 2 and honour the capital's rugby history.
Henry Speight will clash against Julian Savea in a battle of powerful wingers at Canberra Stadium.
The real inspiration for Christian Lealiifano's comeback will be nowhere near the field on Friday night.
The Canberra Vikings will host the first game of the National Rugby Championship in September.
A cut in Chris Alcock's thigh almost ruined his finals hopes, but he will get his chance to play for the Brumbies.
The defending champion Hurricanes are wary of their back-to-back championship hopes ending in Canberra.